PLUMSTEAD: Four given life sentences for Sunday Essiet murder

News Shopper: Four men have been given life sentences for the murder of Sunday Essiet Four men have been given life sentences for the murder of Sunday Essiet

FOUR men who stabbed a 15-year-old orphan to death have been jailed for a total of 60 years.

Relatives of the convicted men burst into tears as the sentences were handed down at the Old Bailey today.

Sunday Essiet, from Southwark, was stabbed nine times at Invermore Place, Plumstead, on February 19 last year after being chased through a park.

Miles Maddy, Adeniyi Oloyede and Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye, all aged 19, along with Sikuru Doherty, aged 20, denied the murder but were found guilty at the Old Bailey on April 6.

Gbadebo-Araoye was also found guilty of taking a chain from Sunday's friend at knifepoint.

Judge Timothy Pontius told the group Sunday's life had been cut “brutally short” by an attack which was “savage, merciless and unrelenting”.

After an initial confrontation that day with Sunday, who was carrying an imitation gun, Doherty and Gbadebo-Araoye went back to get knives from Doherty's house.

The two men and their friend Oloyede, who was not seen with a knife, then went back to attack Sunday, who was chased through a park.

Maddy also took out a blade and “joined in with enthusiasm”, having arrived as Sunday “was trying desperately to escape”, the judge said.

Following the murder, Oloyede and Gbadebo-Araoye attempted to flee to Nigeria.

The court heard how all four men had previous convictions for incidents involving either violence or the carrying of a weapon.

After the sentences were given, it was revealed one witness was attacked after having given evidence from behind a screen.

He was left with scars after having acid thrown in his face.

All four men were given life sentences.

Oloyede, of Coralline Walk, Thamesmead, will serve a minimum of 13 years in jail.

Doherty, of Swetenham Walk, Woolwich, was given a minimum 16-year sentence.

Gbadebo-Araoye, of The Heights, Charlton, must serve a minimum of 16 years and was given a seven-year sentence for robbery, to run concurrently.

Maddy, of Coralline Walk, Thamesmead, must serve a minimum of 15 years.

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7:39am Sat 16 May 09

akp1948 says...

The scum of our Shores/Towns/Village
s & Countryside is getting thicker & Thicker by the day, it needs more than containment it needs a final solution to eradicate it by any means.
The scum of our Shores/Towns/Village s & Countryside is getting thicker & Thicker by the day, it needs more than containment it needs a final solution to eradicate it by any means. akp1948

8:18am Sat 16 May 09

plug says...

The youths involved in this mindless murder are just vermin. Some blame must be apportioned to the parents for how they have brought up thier children! Pure and simple.
The youths involved in this mindless murder are just vermin. Some blame must be apportioned to the parents for how they have brought up thier children! Pure and simple. plug

10:25am Sat 16 May 09

Alwaysright says...

So he was carrying an immitation gun, hardly the boy next door. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Where are all the plastic gangsters with their fallen soldier rubbish ?
So he was carrying an immitation gun, hardly the boy next door. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Where are all the plastic gangsters with their fallen soldier rubbish ? Alwaysright

8:32am Sun 17 May 09

mr2wheels100 says...

Is it me or is my knowledge of the English language failing me? I can't pronounce any of the murdering scums names. How diverse and multicultural.
Is it me or is my knowledge of the English language failing me? I can't pronounce any of the murdering scums names. How diverse and multicultural. mr2wheels100

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